Bell Muni Urban Sport Helmet  £59.99

8/10

Comprehensive, integrated features and sound design sets the standard for commuter orientated helmets

Weight 311g   Contact  www.madison.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   April 4, 2011  

Bell Muni Urban Sports Helmet is an extremely clever design and frankly, one that has much broader horizons than traffic jamming. Modest weight, subtle styling and colour choice coupled with a neat peak mean it's also a very capable tour and trail lid. There's a choice of mean and moody matt black/titanium stealth colours but our 'safety yellow' is anything but garish.

Hammering along for several hours, airflow doesn't quite match that of mid range XC/road competition types but twenty-one sensibly sized vents certainly won't lead boil your brains either. Common to its metro predecessor, the Muni (short for municipal) boasts in mould construction, conformity to CE1078/CSS standards, insect netting and rear LED hanger but changes are not simply cosmetic.

Borrowing from Giro's prolight is the "one-step plus" retention system employing a single elastic strap around the base of the skull, offering three different positions and a ratcheting buckle, affording a precision fit in seconds. This also incorporates two sensibly sized angular LEDs, while the peak employs a similar caddy for Blackburn's flea-perfectly positioned for grabbing driver attention, rummaging through panniers and/or repairing roadside punctures. These greatly reduce the risk of riding home unlit should the main system fail, or that summer's evening meander prove longer than anticipated. Integration also extends to a flex helmet mirror-if this appeals.

Town and around the warm yellow livery grabs attention in a subtle, yet effective fashion. Visible from about 300 yards, The LEDS come into their own at dusk without getting lost in the malaise of shop-front neon. Powered by tiny watch type cells ours are still going strong after forty hours service and the option of adding Blackburn's Mars makes negotiating unlit b roads that little bit safer. Road or trail, the peak was a godsend, shielding the eyes from harsh glare, rogue twigs while the guttering disperses rainfall very effectively too.

Verdict

Comprehensive, integrated features and sound design sets the standard for commuter orientated helmets.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Bell Muni Urban Sport Helmet

Size tested: Mat Titanium

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"NEW! The all-new Muni takes the mantle of Bell urban helmets to a new level with outstanding versatility, great features, and well-mannered design and graphics".

Great for touring, town and trail.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Conformity to CE1078/CSS standards, Integrated LED, mounts for Blackburn flea and Mars lights, 21 vents, removable peak and insect netting. Clever retention system borrowing from Giro incorporates a ratcheting buckle overcoming the need for adjustment when adding/removing buffs/similar headwear.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Very well finished.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

290g

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Overall the Muni is a really exciting helmet capable of considerably more than traffic jamming. Integrated lighting and mirors are equally given to touring while the peak means it will double as a nifty trail lid too. Ultimately there's some trade-off in terms of ventilation compared with high end competition orientated XC/road types but I've been perfectly comfortable bowling along for several hours at twenty-odd mph.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Contemporary styling, innovative, practical features and excellent attention to detail.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing in particular-although if pushed, I'd suggest another vent or two.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes-for geneal riding.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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